7 Shockingly Unexpected Movie Deaths That Had Us Gasping In Disbelief


psycho(WARNING: This article contains huge spoilers for each and every film, so if you haven’t seen it, get watching!)

There’s nothing I love more than when a film surprises you. Too often nowadays, films are full of clichés that enable you to predict their every move. They’re too scared to depart from the formula in case they upset the audience or (more often than not) the studio. Some films dare to be different though and rip up the rule book, leaving us all bemused. Below are seven of the most shocking death scenes in cinematic history. These are the scenes that made us jump out of our seat in shock.

7) The Dark Knight


Has there ever been a better superhero movie than this Batman sequel? I don’t think so. Christopher Nolan dared to take the genre where it had never been before and created a highly unpredictable rollercoaster ride of thrills and emotion. The most shocking moment in the film is when The Joker reveals to Batman that the love of his life (Rachel) and Harvey Dent are about to get blown to smithereens and he can only save one.

Of course, Batman (being Batman) thinks that he can save both, and we as the audience are certain that he will too! However, we’re all left in a state of trauma after the building where Rachel is being held hostage blows up, leaving Bruce and the rest of us heartbroken.

6) Deep Blue Sea


This one may be more amusing than shocking, but it’s still extraordinarily unexpected nonetheless. It features Samuel L. Jackson giving a shouty, inspirational speech that gets cut short when a killer shark jumps out behind him and gobbles him up.

The CGI is pretty terrible and the setup is so unintentionally hilarious that it’s impossible to take seriously. The moral of the story is don’t shout inspiration when you’re standing near open water and a hungry shark is on the loose.

5) Psycho


This death scene is so well-known now that it’s impossible for modern audiences to be shocked by it. However, just imagine being a clueless audience member in 1960. It’s a rainy day, so you decide to pop down to the local cinema to sample the new Hitchcock movie starring Janet Leigh. The story seems quite familiar so far — a woman on the run with a bag full of cash — typical noir stuff, right? Wrong! Suddenly she makes a seemingly unimportant stop at the Bates Motel about halfway through the film, takes a shower and gets viciously stabbed by the motel owner’s mother. It’s an astounding plot twist where the film goes from innocent thriller to full-blown horror and changes the course of the narrative completely. It’s absolutely brilliant, as is the final horrific twist in the last scene.

4) Pulp Fiction


It’s a well-known fact now that no character in a Quentin Tarantino movie is safe. However, with his second feature, audiences were still getting to know Quentin’s little quirks that we all love him for today. John Travolta’s death in Pulp Fiction is particularly unexpected due to the film’s non-linear narrative. We spend most of the movie with his character and then we suddenly shift to Bruce Willis’ story, where he mercilessly guns Travolta down after he emerges from the bathroom. Bad things happen whenever that man enters the bathroom — he just needs to learn how to control his bowels.

3) The Departed


Leonardo DiCaprio is no stranger to dying in films, but it looked as though he was sure to survive the Martin Scorcese directed gangster epic The Departed until, of course, he didn’t. It comes entirely out of nowhere and goes against every rule in the Hollywood book of rules. You just can’t kill off the main hero right at the end, but Scorcese went there and we love him for it. The way it’s executed is pretty unexpected, too, as Leo goes down an elevator and gets shot in the head as soon as the doors open.

2) Tony Manero


Before Chilean director Pablo Larraín went on to mainstream success with his political drama, No and the more recent Oscar-nominated Jackie, he made this peculiar little drama about a man obsessed with Saturday Night Fever. It’s a darkly comic and highly disturbing look at mental illness, which features a couple of incredibly shocking death scenes at the hands of our John Travolta-obsessive protagonist.

One involves him bashing a cinema projectionist’s head in after his local theater stops showing Saturday Night Fever. However, the most shocking murder he commits is near the beginning where he helps a little old lady get home. She invites him in and the two of them watch TV until out of nowhere he slams his fists on her skull repeatedly, killing her. The stillness of the scene makes for terrifying realism and the idea of pointlessly murdering an old lady is horrifically disturbing.

1) Caché/Hidden


Michael Haneke’s suspenseful thriller centers on a family receiving mysterious video tapes that feature recordings of their house. Each one gets more and more intrusive and it becomes clear that the target is the dad, Georges, who has been harboring a dark secret for years. It’s a terrifically twisty thriller that always engrosses and has just enough ambiguity to leave you haunted by the spiraling mystery. It also features the most shocking death scene I have ever seen in a film.

When Georges confronts a suspect in his flat, in mid-conversation the man grabs a nearby razor and violently slashes his throat. The camera never moves, making the death scene seem all the more raw and realistic. Georges’s reaction is also incredibly genuine: He doesn’t shriek or run out of the room, he simply stands in a state of shock and tries to contemplate what has just happened, as does the audience.

Oh look, you made it to the end without getting bumped off. What’s the one death scene that left you in a state of disbelief?


10 Scariest Horror Movie Masks Guaranteed To Give You Nightmares



Horror movies over the years haven’t had their shortage of nightmare-inducing images. One of the most popular ideas is to have a murderous psychopath terrorizing an innocent while donning a super scary mask. It’s a popular idea because pretty much everyone can get creeped out by it! Let’s take a look back at some of the scariest masks we’ve seen on our screens.

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The 7 Greatest David Lynch Movies Not Directed By David



David Lynch is a director so distinctive that his style has been given his own term: “Lynchian.” Urban dictionary has the word defined as “having the same balance between the macabre and the mundane,” but it could also be used to describe a film that’s surreal or dreamlike. And while no one makes movies quite like Lynch, there are a few that bear a striking resemblance.

Audiences might feel a little Lynched out at the moment with Twin Peaks gleefully hitting our screens again every week, but when that’s over you know you’re going to need something bizarre to keep you sane. Below you’ll find seven films that all resemble a Lynch movie in different ways.

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7 Vintage Horror Movies Every True Horror Fan Must See



If you’re going to call yourself a horror fan, then you’ve got to embrace every decade that horror has to offer. Some films age like a fine wine; sometimes I pick up a ’30s horror film DVD, shake it around and hold it under my nose to smell the oaky freshness.

There are some people who refuse to watch a film if it’s in black-and-white, and I find this baffling. Colour isn’t the essential ingredient for a good film! The most important elements are a good plot, innovative directing and compelling acting.

The following classic horror films have all of those ingredients and more. They’ve stood the test of time and are essential viewing for any self-respecting film fanatic. There are at least 10 more I could’ve added, but I finally whittled it down to these diverse slices of golden age horror. These aren’t in any order, as all are equally worth seeing for one reason or another, so take my hand as I lead you down the pavement of horror history.

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Twin Peaks Just Gave Us The Weirdest And Most Astonishing Hour Of TV Ever!



It’s official! Showtime are the coolest network on television. They gave David Lynch a load of dollars and said, ‘go ahead and make whatever you want’ and he did. We’re eight episodes in to Twin Peaks now and it has promised to be just as ground-breaking as the original series back in 1991. We’ve had: talking electrical blob trees, charred tramps with floating heads, stab-happy dwarf hitmen and a haunted box amongst other demented things. There has been a narrative drive but the pace is so unapologetically glacial and ambitious that it has almost been impossible to follow. The show has been incredibly experimental and an absolute delight for Lynch fans so far.

However, with the latest episode David Lynch has broken the test tube. Just when you thought that this season couldn’t possibly get any weirder, Lynch brings us something which has never been done on film or TV before. It’s essentially a 50 minute acid trip designed to utterly assault your senses and it succeeds in the most mesmerising way. The episode starts off normal enough (normal for this show anyway) with evil Coop and his crony talking in the car on a Lost Highway-inspired night drive. Things go wrong though and evil Coop gets shot which results in the weird stuff happening. Lights flash in typical Lynchian fashion and ghostly tramps covered in black tar appear and tear apart Coop’s body for what feels like an eternity.


We’re then left to contemplate this horrifying image whilst Nine Inch Nails play a full song at the Double R Club. It’s an interval which would feel distractingly out of place in any other show, but we’ve become so accustomed to the unpredictability of Twin Peaks now that the scene somehow works entirely and feels somewhat ordinary compared to what happens next. Bad Coop jolts up and all hell breaks loose.

Suddenly we flash back to New Mexico in the 50’s and move painstakingly slowly into an atomic bomb. Once the camera enters the cloud we’re treated to what can only be described as pure cinema. It’s something which cannot be described with words akin to the final moments of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and segments of Gaspar Noe’s Enter the Void. Bizarre images and a frightening score combine to create a hypnotic and alarming experience which feels like you’re taking a dreamlike journey into hell. It’s a scene which has to be seen to be believed and is reminiscent of the earliest short films by Lynch which used paintings and drawings as animation.


Once we’re done with having a seizure, we move onto a slower and more soothing Eraserhead-type scene which sees the giant and a strange woman wondering slowly around a ball room of some sorts. It’s visually arresting and the black and white monochrome is startlingly beautiful. The giant floats into the air and a golden ball with Laura Palmer’s face rises out of his chest and melts into a projector screen which displays the world. It makes little sense, but I think we’re witnessing the birth of BOB in the atomic bomb and the birth of Laura’s soul in the red room. Perhaps Laura was created to lure BOB into the red room?

Moving forward a few years a pair of young sweethearts take a stroll home, an ugly bug hatches out of an egg and the blackened tramps are back terrorising people. In the previous episode, Jerry Horne stood outside looking terrified and shouted ‘I think I’m high!’ which is probably what most viewers felt like during this episode. You can theorise about what it all means, but it’s much better to just go along with the ride and feel what you’re watching. It’s pure art and it’s astonishing. People thought that we had reached the peak golden age of TV but David Lynch has proved just how powerful television can be and how it can be used as a medium for art. Drama conventions were torn apart in 1991 and Mr. Lynch has reinvented TV again in 2017. Damn fine.

10 Greatest Scenes In La La Land


01-la-la-landLove it or loathe it, there’s no denying that LaLaLand is a bold film. The Damien Chazelle-directed musical was nominated for a whopping 14 Academy Awards, and almost won seven of them if it wasn’t for dastardly Moonlight snapping up the Best Picture win at the last minute.

Of course due to its musical nature, there are many people who simply don’t ‘get it’. However, for the rest of us I thought it would be a nice idea to look at the 10 best scenes in La La Land as pretty much every scene in the film is memorable.

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Madonna’s Albums Ranked From Worst To Best



WHAT!? Madonna albums on a movie blog? Yes I know it’s a jarring tonal shift but on this blog, on this page, I. AM. GOD! You might be surprised to find out that I have a rather large passion for old divas as well as strange and disturbing horror films. It’s a bit of a strange combination, but I never said that I was normal.

One of my favourite artists of all time is Madonna. She is the unadulterated queen of pop and quite possibly the most famous woman in the world. She has sold over 300 million records worldwide (the most by any female artist), won almost 300 awards including: 7 Grammy awards, 16 Guinness World Records and 2 Golden Globes, and has embarked upon 10 world tours. At 58 years-old she’s showing no signs of slowing down and is a true ground-breaking talent.

It’s interesting for me because I started getting into Madonna’s music a couple of years ago upon the release of her latest album, ‘Rebel Heart’. I saw her fall down those stairs at the Brit Awards and fell in love. So I have been able to judge each album objectively and with no previous attachment to any. To me, all of these albums are new as I’ve just discovered them! So let’s explore my extremely biased thoughts on the astounding 13 albums by Madge.

13) Erotica (1992)


Picking the weakest Madonna album is like saying that ‘Following’ is Christopher Nolan’s worst film. It might be true, but that’s not to say that it isn’t in any way good! For a lot of people, Erotica is their favourite Madonna album and I can see why. It caused an almighty stir upon its release thanks to the album coinciding with Madonna’s ‘Sex’ book (basically a high-brow celeb porn mag masked as art) and its liberal attitude towards sex. Madge even created an alter-ego for the album in the guise of Mistress Dita, a masked dominatrix with a penchant for whips and orgasms (so basically just Madonna herself then). However, for me the album has aged poorly with its 90’s electronica beats and cheeky lyrics which sound tame compared to the filth on the radio of today. Aside from a couple of terrific bangers and some surprisingly good covers, most of the tracks are flat and forgettable.

Best song: Erotica
Album Rating: 6/10

12) Bedtime Stories (1994)


After a spout of number one albums, ‘Bedtime Stories’ ended up being one of the queen’s lowest charting albums and unfortunately it’s not all that hard to see why. Madonna collaborated with a slew of R & B producers which resulted in a nice album but a little bit too mellow to what we’re used to. In terms of reinvention, it’s fantastic as you’d never think of putting Madonna and R & B together, and it does work surprisingly well. There are also some classic tracks in here including Take A Bow (one of her biggest ever hits) and tour favourite, Human Nature which sees Madge as the unapologetic bitch we all love her for. The Bjork-penned title track is also too deliciously weird to miss out on!

Best song: Human Nature
Album rating: 7/10

11) Like A Virgin (1984)


It might seem like sacrilege to place such an iconic album at the bottom of the pile but that’s just a testament to how strong Madonna’s output of music has been. It has an extremely strong 80’s sound to it and features some of the decade’s biggest hits with Material Girl and Like A Virgin despite both of them not being written by the queen herself! Unfortunately (and somewhat shockingly) all of the songs written by Madonna are the weakest and contain some of the fluffiest lyrics. There’s no denying the infectious catchiness of it all though and it still remains as one of the best follow-ups to a debut album of all time.

Best song: Like a Virgin
Album rating: 8/10

10) Madonna (1983)


This is the one which introduced the world to arguably the most famous name in the world. It took over a year and a half for the album to turn gold, but thanks to the enduringly catchy tunes and iconic music videos, ‘Madonna’ solidified itself as one of the most influential albums of the 80’s. With only eight tracks on the album, there’s barely any room for a weak song so pretty much any one of them will get you dancing. Upon release Madge was likened to sounding like “Minnie Mouse on helium” and many critics cited her as being a mere “one hit wonder” but little did they know, eh?

Best song: Lucky Star
Album rating: 8/10

9) Music (2000)


How does one follow up a ground-breaking critical smash hit like ‘Ray of Light’? With a dance/country/electronica beast like ‘Music’ of course! The material girl evolved herself beautifully from the gorgeous stripped-back sounds of ‘Ray of Light’ to something a little more experimental and playful. It’s still an intensely personal album which provides some lovely ballads, although Nobody’s Perfect and Paradise (Not for Me) are a little dreary in comparison. Everything else is a winner though, particularly the hit title track which reached number one in 25 countries and is still incredibly danceable almost 20 years later!

Best song: Music
Album rating: 9/10

8) True Blue (1986)


If anyone was still in any doubts about Madge being a young flash in the pan then ‘True Blue’ showed them that she was here for the long run. Selling 25 million copies worldwide and providing the world with anthems such as Papa Don’t Preach and Live To Tell, Madonna proved that she was a true talent with superstar quality. A lot of the songs were inspired by her marriage with Sean Penn so there’s a wonderfully romantic, upbeat quality to the album as a whole. It proved to be a monstrous hit with critics and audiences alike and saw her transforming into the queen of pop we know her for today.

Best song: Live To Tell
Album rating: 10/10

7) Hard Candy (2008)


For many, ‘Hard Candy’ represents a low point in the queen’s career and I have to admit that when I first heard it, I wasn’t a huge fan. The hip hop beats and R&B collaborators didn’t sit well with me on the initial playthrough. However, when I heard it again, it all clicked for me and there isn’t a song which I don’t love. Now I consider it one of my favourite Madonna albums and one of her most underrated efforts. The album has an incredibly cool sound to it and features some fantastically sassy dance numbers such as Candy Shop and Beat Goes On, as well as some surprisingly powerful ballads in Miles Away and Devil Wouldn’t Recognise You. Even the much criticised Spanish Lesson is infectious and could be read as a tongue-in-cheek sequel to La Isla Bonita. Thankfully the album was a huge hit and supported the biggest selling tour by a female artist of all time, ‘Sticky & Sweet’.

Best song: Miles Away
Album rating: 10/10

6) Ray Of Light (1998)


Often referred to as ‘the comeback’ album even though Madge didn’t really have anything to ‘come back’ to! She was hotter than ever in the 90’s, with two chart-topping albums and massive ground-breaking concerts in ‘Blond Ambition World Tour’ and ‘The Girlie Show World Tour’ Madonna was at the height of her powers. This only increased when Alan Parker’s ‘Evita’ was released, earning the queen of pop a well-deserved Golden Globe award. ‘Ray Of Light’ was undoubtedly a terrific reinvention though. It saw Madonna sporting her best vocals ever, earning her numerous Grammy awards, as well as her most open-hearted, personal lyrics. William Orbit’s distinctive stripped-back production was also pretty innovative and still sounds fresh today. It shows Madonna as a more mature artist and remains as one of the very best albums of the 90’s.

Best song: Drowned World/Substitute For Love
Album rating: 10/10

5) American Life (2003)


Another terribly underrated album which was met with mixed reviews from the critics. There’s no denying that this album is a masterpiece though, for Madonna fans at least. Not only is it a terrific concept album with an innovative electronic acoustic sound running through the record, but it also shows Madge bearing her soul and being vulnerable for once. All of the songs are incredibly personal and the ballads are downright beautiful, especially the Stuart Price produced X-Static Process which features some heart-breaking and powerful vocals from Madonna. There’s also some cheeky fun to be had with the title track and Hollywood which raise interesting questions about the American dream and materialism. ‘American Life’ is Madonna at the height of her song writing powers here, it’s just a shame that no one else quite got it.

Best song: X-Static Process
Album rating: 10/10

4) MDNA (2012)


OK call me crazy but I honestly think that ‘MDNA’ is one of the best albums she’s ever done. At 53 years-old Madonna proved that she could still outdo her peers by releasing a thumping EDM-inspired record designed to blow your socks off. Despite lukewarm reviews, ‘MDNA’ debuted at number one worldwide making Madonna surpass Elvis in the UK for having the most number one albums for a solo artist. From the infectious Girl Gone Wild opening right through to the reflective Falling Free, ‘MDNA’ is a consistently strong and surprising record which never fails to get your hips moving on the dance floor. Tracks like Gang Bang and Love Spent also show an experimental side to the songstress which suitably expresses her anger towards ex-husband Guy Ritchie, whilst Golden Globe-winning Masterpiece shows a more tender side.

Best song: Girl Gone Wild
Album rating: 10/10

3) Rebel Heart (2015)


It’s criminal that ‘Rebel Heart’ didn’t receive more attention than it should’ve done. The fact that it got leaked days before its release might have had something to do with the lower sales, but there’s no denying that the record is terrific. It showcases every glorious side of her and her music. There’s the fun, the sexual, the serious, the playful, the egotistical, the vulnerable and the humorous. It’s also her longest album (I’m counting the deluxe as the definite version) which proves that even after almost three decades Madge is still at the top of her game and can create a banger of a song. How Living For Love didn’t become a monster Hung Up level hit still puzzles me to this day. Ghosttown and Joan Of Arc also serve as two of the material girl’s most powerful ballads. It’s an almightily solid record.

Best song: Living For Love
Album rating: 10/10

2) Like A Prayer (1989)


After breaking records with ‘True Blue’ Madonna followed it up with this iconic work of art. ‘Like A Prayer’ exposes Madge’s soul and is less interested in producing fluffy pop songs. She had a lot more creative control over the record and it’s all the better for it. It opens with not just the best Madonna song but arguably the best pop song of all time and follows it up with the remarkably catchy and empowering, Express Yourself. Promise to Try, Oh Father and Spanish Eyes all show off the extraordinary song writing talents of Madonna as well as some powerful vocals. Madge has always been criticised for her voice and it might not be the strongest, but you can really hear the raw emotion on this record, it’s impossible not to get moved by it. She really doesn’t put a foot wrong with this one, it’s simply extraordinary.

Best song: Like A Prayer
Album rating: 10/10

1) Confessions On A Dance Floor (2005)


Now this is how you do a concept album! If the world didn’t quite embrace the stripped-back quality of ‘American Life’ then a dancetastic 70’s inspired floor filler is definitely what the world needed. Madge evolved herself seamlessly into a disco goddess and showed that after 22 years of great music, the best was still yet to come. In her forties, Madonna was the best she’s ever been and ‘Confessions On A Dance Floor’ became an instant critical and commercial smash hit, and it isn’t difficult to see why. Sampling ABBA and Donna Summer, Madge resurrected the golden age of pop whilst putting her own unique modern twist on it. It’s quite simply one of the greatest dance albums of all time and features some of the greatest pop songs Madonna has ever produced. It was also followed by a stunning record-breaking world tour which served as a powerful warning to her younger peers. You think you can follow this?

Best song: Hung Up
Album rating: 10/10